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Hi all,

I have a pair that is "lazy" as I call it. If I move one thing inside their pen, the hen leaves her eggs and refuses to sit on them. Her partner has no complaints about that, because he knows he will be breeding again soon. I thought this was a one time thing because it started in Jan. when I cleaned out their pens. She left them then and now I have just let them hatch their eggs then I cleaned their cage. Just today, I moved the nest bowl and cleaned up. So, she leaves the eggs again. So far, I have only bred them successfully two times this year. I don't have this problem with the other picas. I can pick up the eggs, nest bowl, babies, what ever in the pen and they will raise.
Any thoughts? Explainations? Or should I just clean once every month. Ugh, that will stink.

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Re: Breeding Pairs


I wouldn't bother them.. leave them dirty.


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Re: Breeding Pairs


I would suggest leaving them, as Alan said, or, put a couple of newspapers under the nest bowl, and maybe even wrap the nestbowl in a few layers of newspaper before they start. That way, you don't have to disturb them until the eggs are hatched and the babies are past the milk stage, then you just take the opportunity, whilst the hen is feeding herself, to pull out the top couple of sheets, and you have a clean(ish) nest. I have to say though, I would be reconsidering the pairing.

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those are some great suggestions. I have added shavings into the pens so that the crap will be absorbed as quickly as possible. I keep them right outside the back porch so i dont like the smell. if they didnt produce such good birds i seperate them already.

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